Projects

Last updated: 10/6/2020

Titles in parenthesis are Del Arroyo title only, the state registration website will not include the parenthetical titles.


Arts & Crafts

Project Leader: Aura-Lee Carmichael
Teen Leader: Isabella S.
Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: For this project, members will be creating individual art for entry into the County Fair. This year we will be doing Acrylic paint pouring, Graffiti Tag art, and much more. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful art you will all create!
There will be one to two meetings per month. All meetings will be about three hours.
Meeting Days/Times: Starts in January, Saturdays. Times TBD
Cost: $25/meeting
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School, 2253 Fifth Street, Livermore, CA.
Age Limit: 10 and up.


Baking & Bread Making

Leader: Ashley Wheeler

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom 

Description: In this project we will be going over how to bake a few different things including different breads and cakes. This project will meet virtually for all meetings. I will send out a recipe and ingredient list the week before our project meeting. We will do our meeting via zoom and will all be actually mixing and baking together at the same time. Some of the meetings we will do a zoom call for the main part and then check back in a few hours later because some bread needs quite a while to rise. It would be very helpful to have a stand mixer for this project.

Age Limit?: 9

Number of Participants limited to: 15


Cake Decorating

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: TBD
Project Description: This project will focus on designing and decorating cakes. The goal of this project will be for the kids to learn skills to complete a project on their own for the Alameda County Fair . We will go over techniques using frosting, fondant, and gumpaste as well as some more advanced piping techniques.
** You will need to bake cakes and make frosting for each meeting as directed. A supply/ingredient list will be sent out the week before the meeting. Meetings will be held via zoom.
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Location: Zoom
Approx Cost: Varies – I will try to keep the cost of supplies low
Ages: 9 & up
Limit: 10


Cool Season Vegetable Gardening:

Leader: Marion Adams

Description: Grow your own winter vegetable garden. We will make and share videos and photos bof our gardens as they grow. Crops will include carrots, sugar snap peas, lettuce, greens etc.

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom

Age Limit?: none

Number of participants limited to: 10

Cost of project: $40

Other things you should know: Materials fee includes seeds, plants, and other materials. I will waive it for families that want to provide their own.  Also, the meeting time is flexible. I’m happy to change it if Friday mornings don’t work for folks.  I set the number of participants at 10 because that is a reasonable number for a zoom meeting, but I am more than happy to add sessions if people are interested.  This is a great project for club members of all ages. Primaries will most likely need some adult help in the garden.


Computers & Internet: Computer Programming/Coding
(BBC Micro:bit)

Project Leader: Daniel Casner
Teen Leader: Ethan S.
Junior Leader: Elia G.
Project Description: How can you add lights and effects to costumes, make a security alarm for your room, a piano out of bananas, or automate the real world like Minecraft? Using the BBC Micro:bit, microcomputer with lights, sensors and a radio, you can program in Scratch, Javascript or Python. We will also be creating a demo to enter into the Fair.
Ages: 9 and up (younger with discussion) with varying levels of material for different skill levels.
Meeting Day/ Time: One Saturday each month, 10:00-11:30
Material Fee: $35.
Location: Zoom


Shooting Sports: Archery

** Will only be available after Covid-19 restrictions lift **

Project ​Leaders: Jennifer Siders, Mike Flegel ​, Kevin Vandersall
Teen Leaders: Jake S., Alex F., Vinnie V.
Project Description: Members will learn range safety, parts of the bow, arrow, safety equipment, how to repair arrows, maintain the equipment, and of course how to shoot and score targets. You do not need to own your bow.
Ages: 9 and up (Members must be 9 years old as of December 31)
Limit: 35.
Cost: $10 fee and members are expected to buy their own arrows (typically $30-$50 for a set of 6). The project has some arrows that can be borrowed until you buy your own.
Meet times and locations: We meet on the private property of a 4-H member about 20 minutes East of Livermore. Meeting dates and times vary due to weather, but we will try to be at the range at least twice a month: typically on Sundays, though there may be occasional weekday meetings for homeschoolers. You are not expected to make every meeting, but you are expected to get at least 6 hours of target practice to complete the project with 100% attendance.


Dance: Square Dance

** Will only be available after Covid-19 restrictions lift **

Project Leader: Margaret Miller
Teen Leader: Isabela S. Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: Learn basic square dancing and some western dancing. Returning members will learn more advanced calls and additional line dances. This is a county wide project open to the entire family. New classes start September 6.
Project Website
Meeting Day/Time: Thurs 7-8:30pm more experienced dancers till 9:30pm
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School 2253 Fifth St Livermore
Approx. Cost: $10 per month. Age Limit: 8 years and up.


Communication: Poetry

Project Leader: Liliana W. (Teen)
Adult co-leader: Ashley Wheeler
Project Description: Hi everyone! This project will be covering a variety of poems including haikus, traditional, freeform, blackout, cutout, and collages, to name a few. This is going to be a very chill and calm atmosphere, so please take that into consideration. Even if you are not a writer or a poet yet, don’t worry. Anyone can be a writer, and it is a skill that improves with experience. As a side note, please do not inhibit others’ creative flow, and be respectful at all times. Come join us on our journey
through the wonderful and exciting land of poetry, words, and creativity!
Bringing your own notebook/pad and pen or pencil is encouraged.
Approx Cost: none
Ages: 9 & up (exceptions can be made for interested children that can independently read and write)
Limit: 10
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Location: Zoom


Junk Drawer Engineering

Leader: Brian Yoxall

Description: Make widgets and gizmos from everyday household stuff, have fun, and maybe learn something in the process.

Meetings:  Virtual via Zoom 

Age Limit?: 5

Number of Participants limited to: 12

Cost of Project: varies


Legos ( Lego Engineering)

Leader: Kristen Thomas

Description: Have fun building with Legos with your 4-H friends! Learn about various building techniques to create projects to share with the group.

Meetings:  Virtual via Zoom 

Age Limit?: 5

Number of Participants limited to: 12

Cost of Project: varies


Line dance

Leader: Margaret Miller

Description: Learn various line dances while social distancing

Meetings: Livermore, In-person 

Age Limit?: 7

Number of Participants limited to: 8

Cost of Project: None


Public Speaking: Presentations

Project Leader: Rich Hunt
Project Description: The ability to give excellent presentations is a key life skill. In this project, you will prepare and practice a 4-H presentation to give at Presentation Day. Become a confident public speaker and earn credit towards your star ranks!
Meeting Day/ Time: Meet Nov-Feb on weekday evenings.
Meeting Location: Hunt Residence.
Approx. Cost: $10 for poster board
Member Limit: 10.
Age Limit: 4t​h​ grade and up.


Rocketry

Project Leader: Still Needed! 

Project Description: The rocketry project is a combination of lecture and physics by LUNAR leader Jack Hagerty ,discussion,  show and tell, and hands on assembling of a model rocket from a kit. The 4 – H members paint and decorate their rocket , and can attend one or more rocket launches scheduled on Saturday mornings in the spring depending on covid restrictions. 

Approx Cost: $15

 Ages: All

 Meeting Day/Time: Meets 5 times 

Meeting Location: Zoom


Sew Fun (Beginning Sewing)

Leader: Ashley Wheeler

Description: In this project we will be learning how to sew using a sewing machine! All members must have access to a sewing machine. I do have one available to loan out if needed. We will be going over the basics of sewing and using a pattern and making a few fun projects. Members must be able to thread the machine they are using.

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom

Age Limit?

Number of Participants limited to: 15

Cost of Project: varies

Other things you should know: Any child that is comfortable using a sewing machine independently is welcome to join. The cost will vary with the materials you choose. I will try to keep project costs low.


Warm Season Vegetable Gardening:

Leader: Marion Adams

Description: Participants will grow a summer vegetable garden at home. Crops will include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, basil etc. Members will make and share photos and videos of their gardens as they grow.

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom

Age Limit?: none

Number of participants limited to: 10

Cost of project: $40

Other things you should know: Materials fee covers seeds, plants and other materials. I will waive the fee for families who want to provide their own materials. Primaries will need to provide a grown up to help in the garden.   I’m very flexible on meeting times and numbers of participants.


Animals

Bees (Beekeeping)

Project Leader: Jennifer Vandersall
Junior Leaders: Valerie and Vinnie V.
Project Description: We will learn about bees and the challenges that they face in today’s environment. We will visit hives and taste the fruits of their labors. ​We will be establishing and caring for hive bees at Hagemann Ranch.
Approx Cost: ​$15 for protective gear and care of bees.
Ages: 9 & up.
Limit: 15.
Meeting Day/Time: Project will be mostly in the Spring when the bees are more active
Meeting Location: Zoom & Hagemann Ranch


Cavies

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Lucy Nicholson
Project Description: Have fun learning about cavies with us! Cavies are also known as guinea pigs. We will learn showmanship for cavy shows and the county fair as well as how to properly care for your animals. It is recommended that kids in the project have a guinea pig, but it isn’t a requirement. We can also help with choosing a cavy if you would like to get one but don’t have one by the beginning of the project.
Approx Cost:​ ​TBD
Meeting Day/Time:​ ​TBD
Meeting Location: Zoom
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: primary and up


Dog: (Training and Care)

Project Leader: Laura Finco
Assistant Leaders: ​Kristen Salcedo​
Teen Leaders: OPEN
Project Description: This project focuses on training our dogs to be canine good citizens. The goal is to exhibit in the county youth dog show at the Alameda County Fair in obedience, Rally, agility, and junior showmanship. Anyone interested in learning good dog skills is welcome. Members will be encouraged to participate in the County Dog Medalist program. Dog ownership is preferable.
Ages: 9-19 years.
Cost: minimal, depending upon level of participation.
Required Equipment: flat collar, training collar, six foot training leash (preferably cloth or leather) with the option of showmanship collar and leash; water bowl, treat bag, and treats for outdoor training classes.
Meetings: Tentative, usually Thursday afternoons 5:15-6pm with the advanced group going a little longer. Meet at ABBA Dogs training yard in Springtown.


Equine – Horse (Beginning)

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Ashley R. Junior Leader: Amanda R.​
Project Description: Meetings will cover health and well being of a horse, conformation/breeds, grooming, equipment, riding gaits/ability, Western/English horsemanship, play days, how to trailer a horse and guest speakers. You do not need to own a horse to participate in this project. Most of the horses we work with are rescue horses. This project is more about basic horsemanship than showing, so preparation for the ​4H​ Horse show is not the main focus.

Equine – Horse: Advanced Horse

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Ashley R. Junior Leader: Amanda R.
Project Description: Meetings will cover in more depth all items listed in Beginning Equine. This project is more about good horsemanship than showing.
Ages: Any age is welcome but only members that are 9 (as of Dec 31st) can ride during meetings.
Cost: TBD-there will be a small fee.
Members should have boots (preferably cowboy boots or riding boots) and a protective helmet. This project meets once a month in Livermore on Saturday mornings at Hagemann Ranch off Olivina


Goats: Dairy

Project Leader: Nathan Malakoff
Teen/Junior Leaders: Xenia M
Project Description: You will learn about selecting, feeding, fitting, and showing dairy goats at open shows, and Alameda County Fair. This is a time intensive project. If you own your own, you will be taking care of your animal daily. There is a leasing program also available if you can not keep your own animal. (This will require being at the ranch and assisting with chores at least 2 days per week, as well as meetings and other care some other weekdays and weekends. Contact me if you have questions.)
Ages: 9-18
Cost: TBD
Meeting Days/Times: TBD


Rabbits

Rabbit with Ribbon
Best of show

Leader: Dara Gribi ​
Teen Leaders: Lucy N. and Lily W.
Junior Leaders: Lucas G. and Savannah S.
Project Description: This is a show project only, members must either own or plan on purchasing a show rabbit prior to ownership cut-off date Fair and/or Open shows. Members may raise animals for market, fur or show. Members will learn the different breeds and varieties of rabbits, proper feeding and grooming techniques, be able to identify rabbit equipment, as well as design a plan for preparing rabbits for show and proper rabbit showmanship. Members will be required to attend at least one ARBA show outside of fair.
Ages: All ages.
Cost: $20 for education supplies and project own equipment.
Meets: Meet 1s​ t​ Wednesday, 6:30, Zoom


Pets Small Animals

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Liliana Wheeler
Project Description: This project will teach a little bit about all of the different small animal species 4H focuses, and some that 4-H doesn’t focus on. We will have visitors come from the different small animal projects to tell us about their animals and then we will do a related craft or activity. This project will be geared towards younger kids but older members are welcome.
Meeting Day/Time: TBD – Likely on Saturdays
Approx. Cost: $10
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: all ages welcome